Theme Awards 2019

…with €25,000 extra prize money


The registration for this years’ Theme Awards is now closed.

Check your emails on Nov 8 to find out who has been hand-picked to pitch on the morning of November 15.


During the Global Grand Final there will be 6 extra prizes in specific themes.

We have room for 6 start-ups per theme, 36 in total. You are invited to compete for these theme awards. Expert juries select one team per theme to win a € 5,000 grant or similar prize in value. So in total a whopping total of €25,000 in additional prize money and other awards are up for grabs.


How does it work?

Pitching for a Theme Award is not mandatory, but it is a perfect opportunity to gain fame, attract media exposure and win some cash to invest in your start-up.  You can apply for up to 2 themes that are most relevant to your start-up, but you will only be chosen to pitch for 1 theme. An expert jury will make the pre-selection of 6 pitching teams per theme.

The selection will be made based on only your Participant Page – so make sure you have it filled out before applying.


During the competition, you will use the same slide deck as the Semi Finals, but you are highly encouraged to cater the (verbal) pitch to the chosen theme.


Registration deadline: 12PM CEST 31 October 2019

Register now for the ClimateLaunchpad Theme Award competitions in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 15 November 2019. All we need is the name of your start-up, country of participation, the theme you want to apply for, and a valid email address where we can contact you to inform you if you will compete for the award.

This year’s themes:

Carbon Tech
A theme at the heart of our competition: ideas that focus on CO2 reduction. Ideally of course we are looking for solutions with zero or negative carbon emissions.

Prize: € 5,000 grant


Clean Mobility – hosted by Startup Energy Transition
There is lots to gain in mobility: 29% of all greenhouse gases are caused by transportation. Focus areas: battery technology, smart energy management systems, renewable energy use.

Prize: € 5,000 grant

Extra benefits that come with this award: free ticket to the SET Tech Festival, along with stage time to pitch your idea, invitation to the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue.

Our partner Startup Energy Transition is hosting this theme award.


Deep Tech Award – hosted by partner Hello Tomorrow
AI and other deep technologies to solve the world’s toughest environmental, industrial and societal challenges.

Prize: € 5,000 grant

Extra benefits that come with this award: access to Hello Tomorrow’s Business Day, Investor Day and Global Summit events. Join the competition for Hello Tomorrow’s Global Finals.

Our partner Hello Tomorrow is hosting this theme award.


Female Founders – hosted by Women in Cleantech & Sustainability
Year after year we see an increasing number of female founders participating in ClimateLaunchpad, this year well over 40%. #gowomen ☺

Prize: € 5,000 grant

Our partner Women in Cleantech & Sustainability is hosting this theme award.


Green City Solutions – hosted by the City of Amsterdam
For this theme award we are looking for ideas that focus on Green City solutions like urban (vertical) gardening, CityTrees and household smart energy networks.

Prize: an in-kind award

Our partner the City of Amsterdam is hosting this award.

Solutions for Emerging Markets

Emerging markets are among the most exciting places for climate policy and innovation. Solutions within these regions have real potential to create huge impact as they benefit from leapfrog tech effects.
Prize: € 5,000 grant


We will inform you on Monday 8 November if you will be pitching during the Theme Awards.


The application form is now closed.

Subscribe to newsletter